Motorsports Engineering

Motorsports Engineering MEng (Hons)

Take your love of motorsport engineering to the next level and satisfy the academic requirements you need to progress to Chartered Engineer status. Our MEng course deepens and embeds your investigative and design skills through additional group and individual projects. During the first year of the course you will work on our Formula Ford cars, and learn about how race-car setup affects performance. Later in the course you will work as part of a student-led group on the design and build of a Formula Student race-car. This is a key part of the curriculum, and leads up to entering your car into an international competition at Silverstone – renowned as a testing ground for the next generation of world-class engineers. This course is absolutely focused on delivering top flight racing and engineering professionals. In your master's year, you’ll apply high-level analysis methods to design and problem solving, helping you develop professional, consistently accurate and responsible methods. You’ll graduate with the knowledge, hands-on experience and committed and driven attitude towards socially aware engineering you need to successfully enter the industry. 

Key Information

  • Duration:

    Full-time: Four years full-time, five years sandwich

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • Award Type:

    MEng (Hons)

  • Institution Code:

    CLANC C30

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Mechanical Engineering is in the top 20 in the UK with over 90% of students satisfied overall with their course according to National Student Survey 2020. Plus, we’re also 2nd in the UK for overall ‘Learning and Resources’. 
  • Engineering at UCLan is ranked in the UK's top 20 according to the Complete University Guide 2020
  • Take the first steps of your motorsport career as part of our championship and Walter Heyes Trophy-winning Formula Ford team.
  • Benefit from a dedicated workshop to support you in your studies, catering for Formula Student, Formula Ford race cars, eco-marathon cars, and a race car simulator.
  • Opportunities to travel to internationally renowned events such as Formula Student and the Shell Eco-Marathon – enabling networking with representatives from the industry, both nationally and internationally.
  • Benefit from significant investment in the latest high-quality equipment and facilities available through our new £35 million Engineering Innovation Centre.

Course Overview

Years 1/2

Compulsory modules

  • Racecar Anatomy
  • Engineering Analysis
  • Engineering Design
  • Engineering Science



Compulsory modules

  • Further Engineering Mathematics and Simulation
  • Design and Manufacture
  • Motor Sports Design (CW/Ex)
  • Operations Management (CW/P/GW)
  • Thermofluids with CFD (CW/Ex)

Years 3/4

Compulsory modules

  • Motor Sports Vehicle Systems Design (CW/P)
  • Advanced CAD (CW)
  • Motor Sports Systems (CW/Ex)
  • Engineering Simulation (CW)
  • Mechanics and Materials (CW/Ex)



Compulsory modules

  • Engineer in Society (CW/Ex)
  • Case Studies in Engineering (CW)
  • Advanced Tribology (CW/Ex)
  • Advanced Engineering Systems (CW/Ex)
  • Project (CW/P)

CW = Coursework
P = Presentation
Ex = Examination
GW = Groupwork


More information about programme specifications and module information is available in the course handbook.

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Fees 2020/21

Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU). Sandwich year out £1,000 (UK/EU)

Fees for international students

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 104-112 UCAS Points including Maths and Physics at B or STEM at B  We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit including Maths units.
BTEC Diploma: Distinction*, Distinction including Maths units.
Pass Access Course: 106-112 UCAS Points  
International Baccalaureate:Pass Diploma with 104-112 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects including HL Maths 5 and HL Physics 5.
IELTS: 6.0 with no score lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent 

International Students

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Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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Not got the grades?

If you do not meet the formal entry requirements specified, Foundation Entry offers an alternative route to study for this degree

Foundation Entry Route

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Further Information

During your studies at the UCLan Preston campus you’ll benefit from our new £35 million Engineering Innovation Centre (EIC).

Located within one of the most intense engineering and manufacturing areas in the UK, the EIC provides an integrated space for teaching and research with direct links to industry enabling you to work on live, real-world projects with commercial partners in state-of-the-art facilities.

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Why study this course?

The full MEng (Hons) Motorsports Engineering course is a four-year full-time course or a five-year sandwich course with the industrial placement as the third year. The UCLan MEng (Hons) Motorsports Engineering is for those applicants who are self-starting and seeking to develop a design-development approach to problem solving. The course aims to provide access to exciting and challenging careers in motor sports engineering and satisfy the academic requirements for progression to Chartered Engineer.

Successful progression to the motor sports industry requires direct experiences of race teams, circuits and manufacturing. UCLan operates a ‘hands-on’ approach to manufacturing that includes a design-and-make exercise in Year 1, design-development projects in Year 2 (Year2 and 3 if you started in the Foundation Entry) , and the design and manufacture of a race car in the third year. We operate a motor sports club and a professional Formula Ford race team where students have attended nearly every race in the North West Championship since the 2001 season.

The MEng (Hons) Motorsports Engineering includes all of these plus the development of analytical expertise and a professional approach to enable graduates to make very effective contributions during their first career post and progress to the highest level as Chartered Engineers. The personal and team projects develop excellent association with the processes within the design-development-manufacture cycle and the strategies associated with the development of vehicles and products for racing, the automotive sector and general engineering.

The MEng extends the BEng (Hons) Motorsports Engineering with modules to fully develop the professional approach required by Chartered Engineers through extended analytical expertise and the MEng year. There is sometimes a 'fear' of engineering and physical systems. The health and safety depends on the manufacturing module which develops an awareness of machines and the associated risks. The racing is supervised by a full-time technician from the industry.

The course extends the BEng (Hons) Motorsports Engineering to develop analytical design skills and a masters year to provide progression to Chartered Engineer after completing postgraduate experience and appropriate responsibility. The BEng and MEng courses have the same first and second years.


The first year (Year 2 if you started in the Foundation Entry)  has a ‘hands-on’ module in the student workshop. A module in Drawing and CAD provide the requirements and mechanics of standards associated with modern engineering drawing. Race Car Anatomy provides a valuable insight to the design and manufacture of the components and systems in modern race cars. The remainder of the year is comprised of the modules in mathematics and engineering science to provide analytical design skills for the electrical and mechanical design of components and products.

In this course we expect you to develop and increasingly integrate the subject matter around the processes required for successful innovative and sensible technical design and manufacture. One-third of the third year involves the Formula Student team project as part of the course. The third year also has two modules in software modelling and analytical modelling in place of the personal project in the BEng. There are modules to develop awareness of the strengths and limitations of software with modules in advanced CAD and engineering simulation (finite element methods, motion analysis, CFD). Analytical expertise is developed using a module in solid mechanics and motor sports systems.

Engineering at UCLan: Alex

Alex talks about how studying at UCLan and participating in events such as the School of Engineering's Annual Engineering Symposium has helped prepare him for a career in engineering.

The final year develops a master's level approach and places you in the position of the professional engineer faced with complex issues and is concerned with the analysis, decomposition and synthesis of solutions to a variety of engineering problems and situations.

You’ll learn from lecturers who’ve all had successful careers in aerospace, automotive and rail industries, including top level professionals Ewan Baldry, Managing Director of racing car supplier Juno Racing, and Simon Hindle, an expert in engine design and performance and former Technical Director at Mountune.

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Sandwich Placement Year

This course offers an optional 48-week sandwich placement in industry – this comes between the second and third years. You are responsible for finding your own placement. We will support you in preparation for this with the Faculty Placement Team and UCLan Careers, who can help you plan and develop your CV and applications, and have practice interviews.

Placements are an invaluable opportunity to help consolidate your first two years learning, gain experience, and radically enhance your employability. The benefit of the experience gained during a placement is often evident in improved performance in the final year of the course, and when competing for graduate jobs.

If you’re in any doubt about placements, do it! It gives you an idea of being in the industry you have chosen to be a part of. You can make sure it is right for you and gives you an idea of what area within that industry you enjoy, what you don’t like and where the most money is made. That way you can focus your time learning and honing the skills required for that chosen area while the facilities are still available while you are a student.


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Learning Environment and Assessment

A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits and each 20 credit (a standard module) equates to 200 hours of study, which comprises of a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and independent study. Independent study is an important aspect of your degree course. The exact combination of study time will be detailed within your module descriptors, and will depend on your option choices.

The student workshop provides a centre for many students wanting careers in design and development of products. There is a race facility where cars are prepared for the race activities. The composites workshop is used for a variety of activities from research on resin infusion to the development of F3 hovercraft. Formula Student develops a strong understanding of the design and development of the vehicles and the nature of team members. Master classes and formal meetings are used together with the facilities in the workshops and the CAD facilities including SolidWorks, FLUENT (CFD), COSMOS, Nastran and Ricardo WAVE and many other software packages. The dynamometer is used for engine mapping and development.


You’ll have the option of completing a 48-week industrial placement year, which builds on your academic learning, develops your professional approach, and often leads to successful employment after graduation.

We care about your employability, and from the first year we will work to ensure that when you graduate you are attractive to employers.

This is done to some extent within the curriculum, but participation in our extra-curricular activities, such as UCLan Racing and Motor Sports Club, is highly recommended.

There’s a greater demand now for engineering graduates than ever, so your options in Motorsports Engineering and across the whole engineering spectrum are vast and varied. You could work in in aerospace, the automotive industry, the Ministry of Defence and research development.

The School has very good employability statistics and graduates from this course are currently working at companies like Force India F1, Arden International Motor Sport, Tom Tunstall Racing and Century Motor Sport.

If you’re looking beyond the motor sports industry, we have had graduates employed in engineering positions at companies like Jaguar Land Rover, Bentley Motors, Airbus, BAE Systems, Helical Technologies, MI Technology, and United Utilities.

Case Studies

"Working in industry is a complete eye opener, with first-hand experience to the technology you don’t have access to or you can’t read about in a text book, you can come back and apply your knowledge to your final years at uni."

Jon Chapman, Third Year MEng Motorsports Engineering Student & Operations Intern, McLaren Racing Ltd

"It’s given me a real sense of direction in terms of accomplishing my goals after university. Getting a job in Formula 1 has made me realise that the path that I'm currently on can lead to great things if you put the hard work and effort in. The placement is a dream in reality and I am very much looking forward to my prospects after UCLan."

Jack PowerThird Year BEng Motorsports Engineering and McLaren Placement Student

Professional Accreditation

The quality of this course has been recognised with accreditation for fully meeting education requirement for Chartered Engineer status (CEng) by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED).

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Austin O’Brien

Austin O’Brien

BEng (Hons) Motorsport Engineering, 2012

Ever since a visit from British Touring Cars engineers to his native Ireland in 2005, UCLan alumnus Austin O’Brien wanted to become a motorsport engineer. This, twinned with an ever-present passion for the sport, led Austin to study BEng (Hons) Motorsport Engineering at UCLan.

Craig Pearson

Craig Pearson

BEng (Hons) Motorsports Engineering, 2012

Aspiring to live life in the fast lane and keen to pursue an enjoyable career, Craig Pearson’s strong interest in motorsport lead him to the BEng (Hons) Motorsport Engineering course at UCLan. Since graduating, Craig raced towards a dream career with Williams F1, with a pit stop at TCS Motorsport in-between. 

Important Information

This course is based in the School of Engineering

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2019 Entry | 2020 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

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For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Further Information for students

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Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course Information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.